Sep 18, 2010 12:00am EDT
the west virginia health science center are on the front lines of an experimental approach for the treatment of obesity. it targets the brain and not the belly. here to talk about it is dr. julian bailes. normal over surgeon and head of the department of neurosurgery at the university have virginia. what have we discovered? explain what this is, doctor. >> this is inserting electrodes deep in the brain in the part that controls our appetite. our neuro surgeons have spearheaded this fda approved study to see if this possibly would have some benefit for patients with morbid obesity. the most severe forms. the ones where their life expectancy will be affected. >> larry: how does it work? >> electrodes are placed on both sides of the brain. one into the part that makes you feel full and the other part is the appetite center where your drive to eat is. these electrods have contacts on them. a pacemaker generator is inserted under the skin and we change settings and try to see if we can affect the appetite drive these patients have. >> larry: what have you learned so far? >> we'v
Sep 3, 2010 9:00pm EDT
, i would get popped in the lips. >> larry: where did you grow up? >> virginia, portsmith, virginia. >> larry: did you want to be a comedian? >> no. i didn't know any comedians. you know -- >> larry: so, how did this all happen? >> i have no idea. >> larry: you woke up on stage? what? >> you know, i -- i went through the steps that you're supposed to go through. i went to school. went to college. and at that time we were living in the maryland/d.c. area. so, you know, what do you do, you get a job for the government. i was working for the government. i was just bored silly. i said, this cannot be my life. you know? and it was just the same thing. i would, you know, go to work and come home. drink some beer. wash my car. i had to clean this car on the block because it was like every day -- out of boredom. >> larry: how do you break into comedy from that? >> one day, i was, like, going through my high school yearbook. i was just looking at what people wrote in my book. it was, you're so funny. you should be on stage. i was always a fan of comedy. i said, you know what, maybe i should.